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Meeting 388 - -"Wines from Alsace"

Friday 20th November 2014     Neville Hall, Waltham St Lawrence 

Speaker:  Doug Miles  

       It was a great pleasure to have Doug to talk again to us about Alsace wines. It has been many years since he gave his first talk on this superb wine area with its intriguing old villages and attractive countryside. His talk was made all the more interesting with his presentation of many slides of the wineries that he and Susie had visited during a trip a few months ago.

       The Crémant d'Alsace was clean and fruity and provided a perfectly refreshing introduction to the evening. Three Rieslings followed. Firstly a young 'old vine' Kuhlmann Platz with a very pale green colour and lime and grass on the nose. It was fresh, had a full fruity body with a clean dry finish. By contrast, the second from Dopff & Irion had a hint of sweetness and a rich, almost honeyed yet dry palate. Clean but again a hint of sweetnes on the finish, it fully deserved the high score it achieved.The Frédéric Emile 2007, the signature wine of Trimbach, had a hint of pepper on the nose and all the richness, clean and dry characteristcs of quality Riesling. However, most interstingly, this proved to be one of those wines which members had widely different opinions!

       The two Pinot Gris wines which followed were both full and complex and fully deserved their high markings. The Cave de Turkheim had a flowery nose with a hint of peppermint. It was orange and lime on the palate with a noticeable hint of sweetness and had a long cleansing finish. The Josmeyer PG, slightly older wine, was also very full and despite having lychees on the palate was the dryer of the pair. Unfortunately, one of the bottles of the Gewurztraminer was clearly corked and no comparison could be made.

       The Pinot Noir from Cave de Turkheim was a real surprise for its deep cherry/maroon colour. Sadly its palate did not match up to expectations. It proved to be light, rather acidic and without any real fruit. However the Supper Wine, the older Elevé en fût de chêne Pinot Noir from the same winery, was quite different. Although it was a much lighter in colour, it was quite full and fruity and was a pleasant accompaniment to the excellent Baeckeoffe casserole which Charlotte provided. Charlotte's Alsatian apple tart accompanied by a 2001 late harvest Gewurztraminer from Hugel provided a perfect end to Doug's most interesting evening.

The Wines
Aperitif: Crémant d'Alsace Cuvée PrestigeSt. Léon IX Brut NV, Wolfberger, Eguisheim 6.99 6+
(1) Riesling Vielles Vignes 2013, Kulmann Platz, Hunawihr 9.74 6++
(2) Riesling GC Schoenenbourg 2010, Dopff & Irion, Riquewihr 15.00 8
(3) Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile 2007, Trimbach, Ribeauvillé 32.00 7*
(4) Pinot Gris GC Brand 2008, Cave de Turkheim 11.00 8
(5) Pinot Gris GC Hengst 2007, Josemeyer, Wintzenheim 32.00 8*
(6) Gerwutztraminer Cuvée des Comtes d'Eguisheim 2005, Leon Bayer 25.00 **
(7) Pinot Noir 201, Cave de Turkheim 8.60 6*
The supper wines :
(1)   Pinot Noir Elevé en fût de chên 2008, Cave de Turkheim

(2)   Gewutztraminer Vebdage Tardive 2001, Hugel et Fils, Riquewihr

* Average of a wide range of scores!
** Not scored because one bottle appeared to be corked!>